CellForCash Complaint - Don't Send Your Phone

Review by revan on 2009-05-11
Resolution Update on 10/12/2011:
After almost a year they finally did send the money for the phone.
INTERNET -- Sent in a Blackberry Pearl. They received the phone and verified it but never sent a check. The website is no longer available, seems they have gone out of business.
Comments:21 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-05-12
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-11:
Great review. Short and sweet. Thanks for the warning! Makes me wonder about those 'mail us your gold' ads too.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-05-11:
I usually donate my old phones to the local center for abused women and children.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-11:
I thought about doing that jkt. But I read a piece (a long time ago) about sensitive data remaining in memory even though it is deleted. Now, any obsolete computer, cell phone, PDA, etc meets with "Mr. Hammer" when I no can longer use it.
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-05-11:
sue em.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-11:
I donate my old phones to charity too. And Doc, just so you know, you can take your phone into a sales office and have them "flash" it, which removes all info/data and sets the phone back to it's original factory settings. You can also do a hard reset yourself, but having them flash it is a little added security that everything is removed.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-11:
THANKS JBC! That's good info. No more "Mr. Hammer" for old phones.
Posted by D on 2009-05-11:
I take a propane torch to the hard drive and circuit board...melt those suckers done to nothing...!
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-05-11:
anyone can flash their phone, all you need is a usb cable and the internet.

youtube had a thing about smashing phones and stuff with hammers. besides melting, iddy biddy piece makes it hard to salvage data.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-11:
OF, why would you want to do that when you could donate your old phone to someone in need? Many shelters provide service at a discounted rate to people in need or even free service for a certain period of time. Plus, any cell phone will call 911 regardless if it's activated or not.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-05-11:
jbc ba
of, if you would quit putting those porn pics on your cell, you wouldn't have to worry about it!!LMAO!!
Seriously, the shelters need this help. It's a good cause, Just as good as the Shriner's Hospitals.
Posted by MRM on 2009-05-11:
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-11:
Interesting that you bring up porn pics, jkt. I've never bought a used computer and never will. My luck, it would have kiddie porn in it. Unless I could 100% scrub the HD or replace it. I know there are claims that a drive can be completely scrubbed. The FBI has gotten convictions based on mere ghost images of data. Too much risk. Child porn on your machine? You're done! Scarey stuff.
Posted by D on 2009-05-11:
justbcuz... I was talking about computer hard drives not cell phones...
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-11:
Ofs version of a cell phone, is those huge clunky satellite phones.
Posted by D on 2009-05-11:
LOL Wally....
Posted by D on 2009-05-11:
My Idea of a cell is like a world war two walkie talkie...
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-11:
Posted by jktshff1 on 2009-05-11:
right on doc.
Posted by CrazyRedHead on 2009-05-12:
A master reset will not always delete all the memory completely. I won't send my phone to anyone but the man, that is, when I had a cell phone. This sounds like a scam to me. Did you try to wipe your memory in the phone or did you send it in with all of your personal info intact? Never trust anyone.
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-05-12:
LOL OF, I missed that..I wondered what you had on your cell phones that you would need to take a torch to 'em!

Crazy, you're right...depending on the model of phone it can take a combination of multiple reset codes to completely delete all info and data. If a person is cell phone savvy, you can find this info online or by calling in to customer care. I always take mine in to the sales office and have them do it. Donating old phones to those in need is too good of a thing to let fear stop us from helping someone out, IMO.
Posted by DigitalCommando on 2009-05-12:
You can also log into this website http://www.recellular.com/recycling/data_eraser/
to have your cell wiped clean for the average person that will donate to a known charity. If you are a fortune 500 CEO, you will need to go a step further by having all of the data over-written with a wipe program that makes magnetic data extraction almost impossible (this can be done with software recovery programs and hardware devices used by cell phone hackers to recover your data that was erased by the phones built-in erase method).

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